Thomas Nelson

Imagining Life Without Fear

FearlessI have found that some books arrive at just the right time in my life; that is clearly the case with Fearless by Max Lucado. Amidst all of the uncertainty surrounding us today it is easy to be frozen in fear for any multitude of reasons. Lucado’s latest book does a good job of covering numerous aspects of fear while staying focused throughout.

In order to imagine a life without fear, we first must comprehend why we are afraid? While fear may seem elementary to understand, Lucado offers his trademark style of using a systematic uncovering of the roots of fear without rehashing old clichés. I was still in Chapter 1 when I totally struck by the following: “Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that.”

Lucado does an excellent job of sharing how fear surfaces in the seasons of our life from childhood to the senior years. Beyond just identifying fear, the book has both a scriptural and common sense approach to breaking out of the prison of fear. Fleeing fears from the depths of ocean all the way to alien abduction, Lucado helps the reader to identify the origin of our fears while sharing true and timeless wisdom to live a life unshackled.

Fearless is a good quick read; it is one of those books to keep on active reading rotation. There will be times when I pull this one back out for encouragement and elevation of attitude. It seems to me that Fearless was written and released at a time when our battles with fear are raging; as Lucado shares, it is time to battle and conquer them.

Gaining Quick Perspective

The NoticerEver notice how the proper perspective can help us adjust our outlook and attitude? Andy Andrews’ new book, The Noticer does just that.

A quick read through a variety of believable human situations  of how taking notice of the little things helps us fortify our most important relationships. Andrews provides readers with some sage advice from Jones, the lead character. Jones is a most unlikely resource to positively influence lives, which gives The Noticer a unique storyline.

Through Jones, Andrews offers timeless advice each of us can benefit from in our daily lives. The situations of each of the story’s characters Jones influences is believable in the times we live in.

The book from Thomas Nelson, Inc. offers reminders of how gaining the right perspective can allow us positively influence the lives of others. The Noticer is one to read and one to share with some special people in your life.